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Clean Green

Cleaning from scratch can be a lot easier then you may think, it takes almost no time at all to combine the simplest ingredients, that you most likely already have in your pantry. Studies show that conventional cleaning supplies are toxic for your health, your child’s health, and the planet’s health. Imagine your home smelling like fresh lemons, sweet orange, lavender or eucalyptus. Homemade cleaners work just as well, and save you money. Taking such simple steps creates a lasting reward. Cleaner indoor air quality and a healthy, happy family.

Read more here about a recent study from the European Respitory Journal about expectant mothers who use a lot of household cleaning products may increase the risk of their child developing asthma. .Chemicals-household-cleaning-products-cause-asthma-children-finds-study.html

Below are some basics to get you started with Cleaning Green;natural-cleaning1

  1. A few plain spray bottles. You can purchase some, or clean out your old ones and reuse them.
  2. Baking soda.
  3. Washing Soda, more alkaline than baking soda. It releases no harmful fumes but is caustic so wear gloves. Available in laundry supply section of supermarket. Do not use on fiberglass, aluminum or waxed floors.
  4. Table salt.
  5. Bottle of white distilled vinegar.
  6. Water
  7. Olive oil
  8. Natural Soap like Dr. Bronner’s Castil Soap, sold at Whole Foods, Jimbo’s, Henry’s, most health food stores. www.drbronner.com
  9. Fresh lemons.
  10. Antiseptic essential oils kill bacteria and mold – such as sweet orange, lemongrass, rose, clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, birch, or lavender.  You don’t need all of them, but having at least a couple on hand is helpful. 
  11. Some natural or eco sponges, cloths, old rags, towels or clothes.  

Although plain soap and water or vinegar or baking are great to use as is, below are a few recipes to make it a little more exciting.

BASIC FLOOR CLEANER

1/4 cup liquid soap 

Up to 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar or lemon juice

2 gallons warm water                                                          

Combine ingredients in a large bucket. Use to mop or sponge.

ANTIBACTERIAL SPRAYlaurence-david-la-bell-provencale-i1

1 cup water

20 drops sweet orange essential oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

10 drops eucalyptus oil.

Pour the water into the spray bottle. Blend the essential oils in a glass jar. With an eyedropper. add 8 drops of the essential oil base to the spray bottle. Spray on and let set for 15 minutes, or don’t rinse at all.

LEMON OIL DUSTER

10 drops lemon oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice

A few drops jojoba oil (use some on your hair while your at it!)

Combine the ingredients in a jar. Shake to blend. Dab some on a cloth (about 1/2 teaspoon at a time), and dust

WINDOW CLEANER

 3 tablespoons vinegar

 2 cups of water

(or for a bigger job – 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water) and spray right on your windows. Vinegar works great on glass, however for some the smell of vinegar is too strong. An alternative is fresh lemon juice or club soda to get your windows and other glass items sparkling clean. Spritz your glass with club soda and scrub with recycled newspaper. If you use straight lemon juice use a lint-free cloth to scrub with.

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